The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Manchester City is preparing a world record 95 million-pound ($151 million) bid for Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, the Daily Star said.
Ronaldo has told Real President Florentino Perez he is unhappy with the Spanish championship and wants to leave, the Star said. City will offer a four-year contract and manager Roberto Mancini will have to sell players to clear space for the 27-year-old, who makes about 250,000 a week in Spain, the newspaper said.
Ronaldo moved to Madrid from Manchester United for a world-record 80 million pounds in 2009.
Manchester United is considering a move in January for Brazil striker Leandro Damiao, the Daily Mail said.
Tottenham failed with a 20 million-pound bid for the 23-year-old, who was the leading scorer at the London Olympics, the Mail said. He was also offered to Liverpool on loan but the deal was considered too costly, the newspaper said.
United held talks with Damiao in February and intermediaries met his representatives in Brazil on Monday to outline a proposal, the Mail said.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said midfielder Jack Wilshire is close to making a comeback, the Independent said.
Wilshire missed all of last season with an ankle injury, which also kept him out of this summer’s European Championship. The Independent quoted Wenger as saying the 20-year-old has looked “very good” in training and should “be starting to play” in a month.
Turkish team Galatasaray is in talks with Manchester City for Kolo Toure, the Sun said.
City is willing to listen to offers for the 31-year-old, who has 12 months left on his contract, the Sun said. The Premier League champion has put a 3 million-pound price tag on the defender but could also let him leave on loan, the newspaper said.
Mensah a Hammer?
West Ham is ready to make a bid for Ghana defender John Mensah, the Star said.
The 29-year-old spent last season on loan at Sunderland and is now a free agent after ending his contract with Lyon this summer, Star said.